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Leonard Sieff papers on the viola

Identifier: MSS 8611

Scope and Contents

Contains materials pertaining to Leonard Sieff's experience with and study of the viola. It includes newspaper articles, specialty magazines, and personal letters relating to William Primrose and the viola. Dated 1941-2009 with the bulk of the materials being from approximately 1946-1947.


  • 1941-2009
  • Majority of material found within approximately 1946-1947


Conditions Governing Access

Open for public research.

Conditions Governing Use

It is the responsibility of the researcher to obtain any necessary copyright clearances. Permission to publish material from the Leonard Sieff papers on the viola must be obtained from the Supervisor of Reference Services and/or the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Board of Curators.

Biographical History

Leonard Sieff (1913-2003) was a violist who studied and taught music in the Pennsylvania and Southern California area.

Leonard Sieff was born in 1913 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He loved music from an early age and especially the violin and viola. He studied music education at Carnegie Institute of Technology and after WWII he moved to southern California where he received his master's degree of music from the University of Southern California. Leonard Sieff taught orchestra in junior and senior high schools in the area until retirement. He also became involved in teaching math in the public schools later in his career. Leonard was especially interested in writing music for movie scores. He passed away in 2003.


1 box (0.5 linear ft.)

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Custodial History

Donated by Kenneth Seiff in 2014.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated; Kenneth Seiff; 2014.


Prominent Violist, (Section IV Primrose International Viola Archive Collection Development Policy January 2011).

Processing Information

Processed; Caryn Jackson, student manuscript processor, and David Day, curator; 2014.

Register of Leonard Sieff papers on the viola
Caryn Jackson
2014 November 17
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
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Script of description
Language of description note
Finding aid written in English in Latin script.

Repository Details

Part of the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Repository

1130 HBLL
Brigham Young University
Provo Utah 84602 United States